Friday, January 14, 2011
I would not support ANY political leader who refuses to call for a full inquiry into the still-stinking BC Rail fiasco and whether the payoff of the guilty criminals’ legal bills was done to shut them up and keep the full story of what went on [from] coming to light.
BC Liberals need to embrace democracy
By Harvey Oberfeld
Keeping it Real blog - Jan. 14, 2011
BC Mary comment: Harvey Oberfeld, a retired Big Media journalist, has a scathing review of the current BC Liberal dirty tricks ongoing within its own ranks in their run-up to the election of a new leader and our next interim Premier.
Harvey's blog is HERE:
Harvey also said this:
... I would not support ANY political leader who refuses to call for a full inquiry into the still-stinking BC Rail fiasco and whether the payoff of the guilty criminals’ legal bills was done to shut them up and keep the full story of what went on [from] coming to light. [Mary's underlining.]
To me, the buyout is a tacit admission that they were innocent; not of their actions, but of their criminality.
I'm far less concerned about the $6 million buyout than the double-billion-dollar loss of a public asset and the accompanying loss of annual revenues from it to the provincial treasury (c. an average $175 million as I recall someone estimating that figure to have been).
I totally agree about not voting for any leader - or any candidate - who does not support the call for a sweeping public inquiry. To do otherwise is to condone secrecy and illegality and also to forego the very likely prospect, that if the case had proceeded, or a public inquiry were to be held, we would have our railway back (with damages).
We weren't idiots we were just people believing the Government had our best interest at heart.
Fools maybe but I don't think so,
never before have we been subjected to such corrupt and unscrupulous people and never again will we be fooled by them this way.
I have confidence,I don't know why but I do, that these times will pass and we will be a stronger and wiser public not so easily led down the garden path and not so easily manipulated by these people but for everything in life there is a cost and that cost is trust in these very people for which we vote for, trust in what they say and above all trust in who they present themselves to be. We must be more aware.
So much has been lost in our province but I believe our focus has to be on now what we can save and what we can recover and our energies are best spent with this in mind.